is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.
With apologies to Charles Dickens, this was an election cycle marked by the worst of candidates and the best of candidates. This is our rendering — our timeline — of the progression from Gov. Rick Perry’s remarkably unsuccessful campaign for president to U.S. Sen.-elect Ted Cruz’s surprising political debut.
They haven't been sworn in yet, but three candidates newly elected to the Texas House have been asked to testify on the eve of their first legislative session in a lawsuit filed against their political consultant.
For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders in government and politics, we asked about issues important to conservatives and to Hispanics, and about whether Texas Republicans have a good shot at a majority of Hispanic voters in the near future.
The fresh face from the Bush political dynasty has thrown the political gauntlet, filing papers in anticipation of a 2014 political bid. Is George P. Bush a threat to Republicans who've been patiently waiting their turns?
Bill filing is under way and Murphy and Swicegood built a tracker for all that legislation. Ramshaw reports on the whether Texas will implement federal health care provisions. Root reports on the conservative trial lawyer who wants to be speaker of the House and E. Smith snags Bryan Hughes for a TribLive interview. M. Smith reports on the laws behind the school finance fight, Grissom on a state prisoner who’s hoping for the acquittal given to her co-defendants, Galbraith on Austin’s dalliance with fossil fuel producers, Batheja on the first volleys over the state’s next budget and Aaronson on the blowback against state Medicaid investigations: The best of our best from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2012.
A lot of new names will go on those office signs in the Capitol, but the partisan lines didn't move much as a result of this election. And the redistricting people are good at what they do: Only 16 incumbents running for reelection lost in this year's primary and general elections.
For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders from government and politics, we made temporary assignments in punditry, asking insiders to explain the elections, whether the governor is done and how legislative leaders' clout was affected.